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Visual Arts

Visual Arts Mission

It is our belief the most important aspect of becoming a visual artist is learning to see and perceive the world from another point of view. In order to see differently, a young artist must increase their visual literacy, which begins and ends with an understanding of the elements of art and principles of design. Odyssey’s visual arts department will facilitate the learning of the skills and techniques necessary for a scholar to find success within each discipline in the visual arts. Scholars are also taught how to effectively access and critique the best resources available to them both physically and on the Internet. Courses in fine art drawing and painting, interior design, photography and film emphasize the importance of working towards mastery through the application of effective techniques, experimentation, and practice.

Key Features of the IB curriculum model:

Visual Arts IB Program Chart

Action is the foundational key to all success.

– Pablo Picasso

Curriculum Showcase Gallery

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Intro 2-D Art

Scholars will be invited to use a wide variety of media. They will learn the differences between 2-D shapes and 3-D forms. The basic building blocks of art: elements of art and principles of design, will be introduced as the foundations of every work of art. Scholars will also learn how to talk about art in the form of critique.

Freshman, Ileen Lopez, Pattern & Design

Freshman Ileen Lopez
Pattern and Design

Freshman, Falon Thompson Pattern & Design

Freshman Falcon Thompson
Pattern and Design

Freshman, Delaney Jennings, Pattern & Design

Freshman Delaney Jennings
Pattern and Design

“Creativity takes courage.”

Henri Matisse  

Art II

Scholars’ study into the elements of art and principles of design intensifies as they are challenged to compose more personal artwork from their own imaginations employing what they learned in Intro 2-D Art. Drawing is the emphasis of art II. The scholars will experience how line is used to build form in linear perspective. The next step is to see how line can be employed to support the illusion of 3-D space through drawing techniques such as hatching and cross hatching and finally how line and hatching are essential in supporting form. Scholars will be introduced to the idea of form being no more than combinations of value; shapes of lights and darks supported by line and enhanced with hatching and cross hatching.

Junior Keyera Malbrew

Junior Keyera Malbrew
Untitled Charcoal

Sophomore Derek Lane

Sophomore Derek Lane
Untitled Charcoal

Senior Asia Smith

Senior Asia Smith
Untitled Charcoal

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Pablo Picasso

Art III – Painting

After scholars have successfully completed high school Intro 2-D Art and Art II they have the choice to study painting or investigate deeper into drawing. Scholars who choose painting will experience the ways in which color can be used to build form through tints, shades and hue saturation. They will study further into color theory and it’s effect within the illusion of depth and visual weight. Scholars in art III are expected to be proficient with linear perspective and how to locate quality images on the Internet. Scholars will be introduced to the history of painting starting with Impressionism and through abstract art, Surrealism, Cubism, and Pop Art. The concept of a work of art as it’s own category as opposed to a representation of three-dimensional space will be discussed. Scholars will be encouraged to create works of original art that look like they could belong in each of the abstract art movements.

Impressionism Studies

Senior Asia Nguyen - copy of Van Gogh

Senior Asia Nguyen
Copy of Van Gogh

Sophomore Maria Sanchez Impressionistic Study

Sophomore Any Gongsiyi
Impressionistic Study

Sophomore Maria Sanchez Impressionistic Study

Sophomore Maria Sanchez
Impressionistic Study

sophomore Maria Sanchez copy of Van Gogh

Sophomore Maria Sanchez
Copy of Van Gogh

sophomore Milan Pham Impressionistic study

Sophomore Milan Pham
Impressionistic study

sophomore Victoria Acuna Impressionistic study

Sophomore Victoria Acuna
Impressionistic study

Asia Imp

Sophomore Yaneli Quezada
Impressionistic study

Jada G

Freshman Jada Grubbs
Copy of Monet

Keaton K

Junior Keaton Knight
Impressionistic study

Surrealism Studies

Sophomore Liu Gongsiyi

Sophomore Liu Gongsiyi
Untitled

“If I could say in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

Edward Hopper

Art III – Drawing

After scholars have successfully completed high school Intro 2-D Art and Art II they have the choice to study painting or investigate deeper into drawing. Scholars will be encouraged to see the world as a series of light and dark values and how gradation can be used to build form. Scholars in art III are expected to be proficient with linear perspective and how to locate quality images on the Internet. We will study deeper into how to use line and drawing techniques such as hatching to support the illusion of form built by recomposing shapes of light and dark.

“…whether if be a question of sculpture, or of painting, actually it is only drawing that counts… if one could master drawing a little, all the rest would become possible.”

Alberto Giacometti

Art IV – Portfolio

Scholars who reach Art IV have learned to create form and build the illusion of 3-D with lines, values and hues using pencils, pens, charcoal sticks, watercolor, gouache and oil paints. Art IV scholars will begin by creating a written artist statement and be encouraged to compile a portfolio consisting of original work worthy of presentation for an art showing and for acceptance into an art college.

Makenna Crawford

Freshman Makenna Crawford
Untitled

Gisela Vargas

Junior Gisela Vargas
Untitled

Lauren DeMarco

Sophomore Lauren DeMarco
Untitled

Sophomore Monique Medina

Sophomore Monique Medina
Untitled

senior Venetzia Villa Faces with Lines

Senior Venetzia Villa
Untitled

senior Venetzia Villa Sad Figure

Senior Venetzia Villa
Untitled

Samantha Arroyo

Junior Samantha Arroyo
Untitled

AnnElise Vannice

Sophomore Ann Elise Vannice
Untitled

senior Venetzia Villa Adidas

Senior Venetzia Villa
Untitled

Sophomore Kathryn Hawkins

Sophomore Kathryn Hawkins
Untitled

sophomore Justice Bueno

Sophomore Justice Bueno
Untitled

junior Greg Dangerfield

Junior Greg Dangerfield
Untitled

Makenna Crawford

Freshman Makenna Crawford
Untitled

Nick Arnold

Sophomore Nick Arnold
Untitled

What art is, in reality, is this missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that art is, art IS the gap.”

Marcel Duchamp